Smith rolls back the years to drop and stop Fowler
What a night of boxing ladies and gentlemen.
In my previous article i wrote that the British 154-pound title was a 'gift that keeps on giving'. We had barely had chance to catch our breath from Troy Williamson ripping the British title away from Ted Cheeseman before Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler stepped into the ring.
Boy oh boy, these guys clearly wanted to top what we had seen in the fight prior. Ultimately, Liam Smith was fighting for his career, and he did just that. Dropping Anthony Fowler twice before the referee stopped the fight in the eighth.
Fowler actually began the fight the brighter of the two, using his size and reach to control the opening stanza. Leaving Smith with a cut over his left eye in the process.
Smith used his feet to get in close, a much better effort to get back into the fight. Smith took an eye for an eye quite literally in the fourth, leaving Fowler too with a cut above his left eye. Fowler tasted canvas for the first time in the fight with a great counter hook, He did well to survive the round. From then on it it was all Smith. Fowler was the busier, but a lot of his work landing on Smiths gloves.
A left hook ended the fight in the eighth and handed Fowler his second loss as a professional. For Smith, he keeps his career living to fight another day, with a fight against Jesse Vargas slated.